Faber du Faur’s scene dated October 2nd reflects for the first time that the weather is getting colder as evidenced by the great coat on the sentry and the accompanying description.
“III Corps’ artillery park was situated by the Vladimir Gate and was guarded by Württemberg, French and Dutch troops. Soon, however, the position was deemed vulnerable and the park was relocated in a square, with sentries being lodged in a merchant’s house close by. The rest of III Corps’ artillery were quartered a short distance from the park.”
“Here we see the park’s sentries a their posts. Cold nights and mornings had already led to the troops’ adopting some strange costumes: one of the sentries, a Dutch gunner, keeps out the cold with a fur cap, warms his hands in a muff and, under his greatcoat, sports a nightgown. Such precautions were but the prelude to the universal adoption of attempts to keep out the cold.”
With Napoleon in Russia: The Illustrated Memoirs of Major Faber du Faur, 1812, Edited by Jonathan North